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Record Collections to Start Your UK Family History Research

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on April 7, 2014 in Research, United Kingdom

Whether your ancestors are immigrants from the UK, or have lived across the pond their entire lives, there are a few collections available that can help you start your research. When I am doing preliminary research on a family originating in the UK in the late 19th and early 20th century, there are two record… Read more

Learning From the Many Names of Mickey Rooney

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 7, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

When I heard about the death of actor Mickey Rooney, I did what many genealogists do when a famous person of that era passes away: I looked for him in the 1940 census. It turns out that his entry tells us not only about him, but also an important lesson about the not-so-famous people in… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: April 7th Edition

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Blog Posts Ancestry.com A Love Story Proved: The Life and Family of Laura Lavinia (Kelly) Combs by Paul Graham On This April Fool’s Day, Tell Us Which Ancestor Made A Fool Out of You by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Enter For a Chance To Win Professional Family History Research Assistance! by Kristie Wells Ask Ancestry Anne: Who Are James… Read more

Genealogy Spring Cleaning [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Spring is officially here! Join Crista Cowan as she shares tips and tricks for pruning your family tree. You’ll discover ways to clean up, lighten up and freshen up your family history research.

New State Research Guide: Welcome to Maine, The “Pine Tree State”

Posted by Juliana Smith on April 4, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

This week’s dive into the history of the state of Maine was an interesting one and full of contradictions. It is the largest New England state (nearly as large as all of the other New England states combined), and it is also the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi. It declared war on… Read more

A Genetic Census of America

Posted by Julie Granka on April 4, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Using AncestryDNA results from over a quarter million people, the AncestryDNA science team set out to perform a “genetic census” of the United States: a survey of the U.S. using only DNA. Where did the ancestors of today’s Americans come from? Do Americans in the Midwest hail from similar places of the world as in the… Read more

The Year Was 1941

Posted by Juliana Smith on April 2, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time

With the upcoming release of Captain America, I thought it would be timely to take a look at what was going on in the real world during the year the original comic was released, 1941.   The year opened with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous Four Freedoms Speech. In this State of the Union address, the… Read more

DNA Results Are In – What Did Mary Discover?

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 2, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Six weeks ago I shared my neighbor’s story with you (click here to read the blog post). I sat down with Mary a couple of days ago and showed her the AncestryDNA results. Mary couldn’t wipe the smile off her face as we went over her results. At almost 90 years of age, she said… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Who Are James Myers Parents? Does AncestryDNA Help?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 1, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

Dear Ancestry Anne, I’ve been having trouble committing to the set of parents I think I found for my great-grandfather James Henry Myers. I think if I got a second opinion I trust, I’d get over being hesitant to claim this family line. I need to be sure I’m climbing the right tree. In the… Read more

Enter For a Chance To Win Professional Family History Research Assistance!

Posted by Kristie Wells on April 1, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Contest

Even though it is April 1st, this post is no joke. Today we are kicking off Cycle 4 of the Branch Out contest - a chance at winning a prize pack that includes professional research assistance, a one-year subscription to Ancestry.com, an AncestryDNA test, and a photo book from MyCanvas.   Heidi Hall was our big winner in October, Stacy Woodley won in… Read more

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